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thoughts on dexter: ricochet rabbit

“Travis is the only doomsday killer and I’ve made a terrible mistake. Same kill wound as the other victims, which means….Travis, you killed Gellar.” – Dexter

Whether you saw the (arguably) shocking conclusion of last week’s Get Gellar coming a few episodes ago or you were genuinely stunned, you were still probably interested in where the show would go next. We’re nearing the end of this season and this episode makes me think that Dexter just may have another twist or two in store.

  • Awesome parallel. We watched Dexter, watch Travis talk to Gellar (who wasn’t really there), while talking to Harry (who also wasn’t really there). Dexter may be aware of his delusion, but both men seem content on blaming their father figure for how/why they became the person they are now.
  • Is anyone really invested in the Travis character? Colin Hanks is doing a decent job, but Travis just doesn’t measure up when compared to the show’s past “big bads”. Although seeing him all gussied up with Gellar’s confidence and finally owning his inner killer did at least make him a little more intimidating.
  • What if Deb is pregnant? Dexter mentioned pregnancy as a potential reason Deb had her anxiety attack. The comedic value of pregnant Deb notwithstanding, this could bring a new dynamic to the show and help explain why the writers are overplaying the “Quinn is a mess” angle. Fatherhood tends to have a sobering influence.
  • Beth Dorsey was played by Jordan Spiro. She was really great on the underappreciated My Boys.
  • Louis likes Jamie. Or, he’s using her to get close to Dexter. It’s possible that the truth is a mix of the two, but WHY does he want to get close to Dexter? Is the video game his only motive? And speaking of the video game…
  • Homicidal Tendencies: coming to a GameStop near you. Dexter was completely unimpressed by Louis’ video game concept and couldn’t fathom why anyone would want to play a game where they are the serial killer. Dexter’s high and mighty response was pretty rude and Louis seemed really crushed.
  • Ricochet Rabbit sets sail. When the “fuck pad” set off on its voyage, we all knew Holly Benson was going to die. The trio (Steve, Beth and Travis) also used the boat as a workshop where they created “Wormwood”. The Dorsey’s home probably would have been a better place to do that, but I’m sure Travis knew what he was doing.
  • Deb demonstrated why she deserves her promotion. She figured out the Jessica Morris/Tom Matthews connection rather quickly. This should cut out LaGuerta as the middle(wo)man so that Matthew and Deb can negotiate how to handle this. LaGuerta’s faux-subtly was becoming almost as annoying as Quinn’s jaded ex shtick.
  •  Can Batista catch a break?! He’s one of the good guys. Sure, he’s made some sketchy life choices, but he doesn’t deserve the crappy end of the stick he’s been getting this season. Should Travis and Beth kill him, Quinn will have to live with that, since he wouldn’t have been alone if his partner was doing his job. But more importantly, I think the show would be missing a necessary element without Batista.
  • Father knows best. Dexter finally hears Harry or himself if you choose to remember that Harry is a projection from Dexter’s own mind, but don’t do that, it ruins the impact of the moment. Dexter has been taking this whole DDK thing too far and way too personal, which has made him too sloppy. Then again, this wouldn’t be the first time he got overly involved and had disastrous results (and I’m sure Rita would agree).

Next on Dexter:

How will “Wormwood “ play out? Will Travis and Dexter face off, or is that being saved for the finale? Does ‘talk to the hand’ have something to do with Dexter using Gellar’s hand or Louis having the hand from the Ice Truck Killer case? But more importantly, how creepy is that painting of Dexter?!

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thoughts on dexter’s ‘a horse of a different color’

“Some people think that religion began as a way for primitive cultures to explain natural phenomenon. The fire, the wind, the rain, they created a god for each one. You’d think science would have made religion obsolete, but it hasn’t.” – Dexter

Science and religion collide in A Horse of a Different Color and not just for Dexter. This episode focused heavily on faith, whether that meant believing your boss is selflessly offering friendly advice or that the new intern likes you and not what you can give her. Travis and Gellar may have been setting up ‘tableaus’ but in the grander scheme of the show, many of those messages were for us as well.

  • Why is Dexter drawn to Brother Sam? Kudos to Mos Def and the writers for giving us such a developed character in such a short amount of time. These two have casual chemistry and whether Dexter is trying to find proof or he’s just intrigued by what he doesn’t understand, this is one of the most natural reactions we’ve seen Dexter have…ever. Given his criminal and religious backgrounds, I wonder if he’ll be killed by Travis or inaccurately accused of the murder. All of my theories on how long the Brother Sam/Dexter bromance lasts center around genuinely believing that Sam is one of the good guys and represents hope for Dexter. Not that I want him to change his current level of morality and stop killing or anything (Zzzzzz!).
  • Would it be possible to use the Book of Revelation to decipher this whole season? I wouldn’t want to figure out all of the twists and turns before they happen, but I wonder if it would even be possible.
  • Are the new characters just to breathe fresh life into the Homicide division or should we be watching them more carefully? Mike Anderson is obviously big on protocol and observant, but aside from annoying Quinn and giving Deb fashion advice, I’m not sure there was much more to him this week. Then there’s Ryan who stole the hand and got caught by Masuka, and being a little mischievous thief could be as dark as her character gets. Separately I think I would be able to just enjoy the newbies, but Christine Hill gave me trust issues when it comes to new, non-serial killer characters.

  • Travis is working alone…right? Henry pointed out that two people seemingly did the slashing and staging. But Gellar always seems not quite there, sorta like he might not really be there. Erin, the waitress, doesn’t seem aware of Gellar at the restaurant and nothing concrete on whether she looked at him when she was tied up on the floor either. When Gellar speaks to Travis, it’s almost like he’s his conscious…the conscious that drives him to murder the girl he “defiled” and turn her into a winged messenger….but still.
  • Batista and Quinn got high. Completely throwaway scene, it wasn’t stoner funny, nor did it seem relevant to the plot. I’m only mentioning the whole thing because its irrelevance annoyed me.
  • JarIt! isn’t real, but it’s no worse than the other zillion crappy infomercials.
  • What will Dexter’s IOU be? Harrison’s appendix ruptured and in a very human, un-Dexter moment, he appeals to God (or whoever he thinks the higher power is) and promises something in return if Harrison makes it out ok. I think the IOU will come into play for Dexter, but it will be of his own doing. Meaning something will happen and he’ll see it as a sign that this is how he can repay his “debt”.
  • How will Erin’s death affect Deb? Career-wise, it won’t have the best of implications. I can already see LaGuerta super smug, especially since Deb was involved when something similar happened to her last season. Emotionally, I think this will diminish all of that bravado Deb had going on after she was complimented for her “no BS” style during the press conference.
  • “What is this?Dexter asked early on in the episode, but in respect to the season, are the killings really “doomsday” themed or part of a bigger picture. The connection between religion and Gellar was drawn pretty early on and Dexter is never that “easy”…so what are we missing? Is Gellar really guiding Travis or is he a Henry-like figure?

Next on Dexter…

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thoughts on dexter’s ‘smokey and the bandit’

When you’re Harrison’s age everything is important, everything has meaning. Even a piece of molded plastic.” – Dexter

Childhood heroes generally range from comic book characters to athletes, and sometimes the underappreciated parental unit. However, for Dexter, it was “The Tooth Fairy”, a serial killer…of course. Aside from watching Dexter stalk this week’s prey, we saw Deb attempt to find her footing with her new position. Travis and the Professor played the background for most of the episode, but as we saw in the final moments, they were simply setting the stage for their next “message”.

  • How long will it be before Deb grows bored with being Lieutenant? We know Deb likes to be right in the middle of everything and her new position requires her to hang back more often than not. She will need to find a way to make the “confines” of being in charge of the Homicide division work for her, while jumping through the inevitable hoops LaGuerta will put her through. Aside from Dexter, I think Batista and (surprisingly) Captain Matthews will prove very helpful with balancing out the crippling self-doubt that pops up in Deb.
  • Deb and Batista…as a couple? This could be completely off-base, but sometimes Batista gives off a vibe that says he sees Deb as more than a kid sister type. In theory, they would be perfect together. Batista likes his ladies with a little bitch in him and Deb finds solace in the father figures. Dexter might not love the two members of the force most likely to catch him teaming up romantically, but other than that, he likes Batista…as much as Dexter can really like anyone that isn’t related to him.


  • Can we all agree now that Masuka’s intern, Ryan, is a little off-kilter? She has an obsession with the Ice-Truck Killer AND she agreed to a date with Masuka. Alone or together, either of those things is enough to raise a few eyebrows. If she’s just a little weirdo, that’s fine and completely acceptable. But I think all of this is foreshadowing something darker…as if Dexter won’t have enough to deal with this season.
  • Wasn’t Walter Keeney just a shortened, poor man’s version of Arthur Mitchell? Older man…check. Also a serial killer…check. Has a family just like Dexter…check. Ok, so maybe he was just a “sort of” version of the Trinity Killer, but Dexter still learned a mini-lesson about his own views on his relationship with his son. This was also Dexter’s first slip-up of the season, courtesy of him underestimating Walter. Perhaps this was just a one-time occurrence for the new and improved Dexter of season six, but I think it’s the first of many cracks we’ll see in Dexter this season. Dropping his box also spoke to the potential chaos that’s going to ensue as Dexter gets deeper into the religious aspects of the season with Brother Sam and Travis.


Next on Dexter…


What causes the horrified look on Deb’s face? Is this when Travis and Dexter finally meet? And please, can we get a little bit of that spark back for Quinn? The disinterested sex scene wasn’t fun to watch.

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